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With the rate of mental illnesses climbing due to the lockdown and the general COVID-19 situation, it is vital that employers find a way to balance the needs of business and the needs of its employees to ensure that productivity is maintained and mental health is supported.
Often Independent Contractors are completely unaware that they are not Employees as defined in South African labour legislation. This article gives some welcome clarity on the differences between an Employee and an Independent Contractor and the recourse and protection each has, or does not have, respectively..
There has never nor is there presently any labour or employment legislation which regulates or controls the use of the test or to protect the Employee's right against the abuse of the test by an Employer seeking to dismiss or punish an Employee. Polygraphs can only be used when consent is freely given or permitted in the employment contract.
The survey gives a sense of how the lockdown is impacting expat workers and new assignees who were due to enter South Africa. More than 150 JSE-listed and large multinational companies operating across Africa participated in the survey. According to the survey, 37% of the participants have new assignees that were due to enter the country during the first quarter of 2020. They are waiting for the lockdown regulations to be lifted in order to enter South Africa.